Photo by Francesca Romana Correale

Fiori di zucca they’re
selling at the farmers

market. I know what
they are, but I want

to be told by a man
with a Spanish accent.

How do you cook them?
I ask. Put cheese and fry.

He’s never tried: Is a flower,
he smiles. I am afraid.

Hilary Sideris’ work has recently appeared in Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, Connecticut Review, Confrontation, The Cortland Review, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Fogged Clarity, The Evansville Review, and others. The author of several chapbooks and two full-length poetry collections, Most Likely to Die (Poets Wear Prada 2014) and The Inclination to Make Waves (Big Wonderful 2016). Sideris lives in Brooklyn and work for The City University of New York, where she develops curriculum and trains teachers for CUNY Start, an innovative alternative to remedial courses for first-generation college students. She earned a B.A. in English literature from Indiana University and an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

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